Sesame

It should be noted that in the U.S., sesame is not considered to be a major food allergen at this time, so the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act does not include sesame among the foods whose presence in a food product mandates clear labeling. Only the top eight major allergens are part of the FDA’s Food Allergy Awareness program, and sesame is not among those eight.

In Canada and Europe, sesame is considered to be a major allergen, so clearer labeling of sesame products is required.

The following is a list of alternate names for sesame/sesame seed:
benne or bene seed, benniseed flavouring
gingilly or gingilly oil
sesamol, sesamolina, sesamum indicum
sim sim
tahina, tahini
til

Following is a list of ingredients that may include sesame:
herbs
seasoning seeds
vegetable oil

Because clear labelling may not be present for sesame products, the following is a list of things that sesame may be found in. Extra caution should be taken when using or consuming these products:

FOOD PRODUCTS / BAKED GOODS
hamburger buns
pizza
wafers,
bread sticks
bread crumbs
pastries
pretzels
bagels
crackers
cookies

CONDIMENTS, OTHER FOODS
dips
margarines
salad dressing
tahini (sesame paste)
gluten-free foods
halvah
candy
soups
sauces
chocolate
protein bars
ice cream cones
herbs
spices

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND COSMETICS
ointments
intramuscular injections
drugs
adhesive bandages
plasters
capsules
emulsions
lipsticks
body oils
moisturizing creams
soaps

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